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Episode 10: Decolonizing D&D

Episode 10 of Behold Her is all about decolonizing D&D. Host Lysa Penrose (@mercyfuldm) chats with Tristan Tarwater (@backthatelfup) who inspired this episode organizing and moderating a Emerald City Comic Con panel on the topic. Then, Lysa interviews Kienna Shaw (@kiennas) about RPGs beyond the western lens and about her RPG safety toolkit. Afterwards, Jessica Ross (@writejessr) shares her tips on decolonizing YOUR games in an audio story sponsored by Kobold Press.

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Episode 9: Accessibility Friendly Gaming

Episode 9 of Behold Her is all about making gaming more accessible. Host Lysa Penrose (@mercyfuldm) chats with Jess Dempsey of DOTS RPG (@DOTSrpg) and interviews disability equity advocate Jennifer Kretchmer (@dreamwisp). Afterwards, Mysty Vander (@mystyvander) shares her personal experience as a gamer losing her hearing in an audio story sponsored by Kobold Press.

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Episode 8: Witch Culture in Gaming

Episode 7 of Behold Her highlights some amazing girls playing Dungeons & Dragons. Host Lysa Penrose (@mercyfuldm) chats with Liz Chaipraditkul (@epicxcloth) of Angry Hamster Publishing and interviews Holly Conrad (@hollyconrad), who plays one of the most beloved witches on the internet. Afterwards, Kat Kuhl (@kat_kuhl_) shares a story of what it was like growing up in a family of witches.

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Episode 7: Kids & D&D

Episode 7 of Behold Her highlights some amazing girls playing Dungeons & Dragons. Host Lysa Penrose (@mercyfuldm) chats with Sammy and Birdie of the D&D & Daughters podcast (@daughterdungeon), while the girls of Seattle's Lake Washington Girls Middle School D&D class and club (@ethanschoonover) interview each other. Guests also include Dr. Megan Connell (@meganpsyd), a psychologist who uses D&D to empower young women.

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Episode 6: The Women Behind Dungeons & Dragons (Part 2)

In Episode 6 of Behold Her, host and producer Lysa Penrose talks to MORE women on the Dungeons & Dragons team about what it's like working at Wizards of the Coast and how the team has changed since 3rd edition. Guests include Dragon Talk host Shelly Mazzanoble, Senior Art Director Kate Irwin, and Head of Licensing and Publishing Liz Schuh. The episode ends with an audio essay by Guild Adept Ginny Loveday about how leadership in the D&D Adventurers League community has changed her life.

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Episode 5: The Women Behind Dungeons & Dragons (Part 1)

In Episode 5 of Behold Her, host and producer Lysa Penrose talks to women on the Dungeons & Dragons team about it's like working at Wizards of the Coast, what inspires them, and what they hope to bring to the future of D&D. Guests include Game Designer Kate Welch, Art Director Emi Tanji, and Senior Creative Art Director Shauna Narcisco. The episode ends with an audio essay by writer Ashley Warren about how D&D's Curse of Strahd and Barovia continues to touch her life.

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Episode 4: Community Managers & Diversity

In Episode 4 of Behold Her, host and producer Lysa Penrose talks to women and nonbinary individuals who manage and moderate tabletop RPG communities. Guests include Darcy Ross, community relations coordinator of Monte Cook Games, Brenna Noonan, brand manager of Starling Games and PolyHero Dice, and a panel of moderators of the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Facebook group (Cait Bridges, Mimsy Dorsey, June Yin Gan, Paige Leitman, and Anne Thornton). The episode ends with an audio essay by Petrina Ho about how she builds a welcoming gaming community in Singapore.

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Episode 3: Women of Actual Play

In Episode 3 of Behold Her, host and producer Lysa Penrose talks to women who produce, star in, illustrate, and research live tabletop actual plays. Guests include Hadeel Al-Massari, the wizard Nejma in D&D's Trapped in the Birdcage, Kayla Cline, illustrator and SP0-R3 in Encounter Roleplay's Rise of the Dark Side, Elyssa Grant, producer of Acquisitions Incorporated's The C Team, and Hettie Rowan, the Critter Thesis Critter researching the fandom of Critical Role. The episode ends with an audio story, written and read by Shauna Nakasone, co-host of Waffle Talk, about how D&D helped her embrace her identity as a transgender woman.

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